County Commission resolution passes, makes May Older Americans Month


Aging Matters in Brevard and the Brevard Commission on Aging work hard within Brevard County to help seniors. The groups work with volunteers to provide meals and other services for seniors. The team of Novella Elderkin and Mary Boehm have been delivering meals with Meals on Wheels for 14 years.

Jill Blue

Seniors in Brevard County certainly connect and contribute to the community, as is exemplified by organizations and volunteers who create a way to help others.

The Brevard County Commission recognized that and passed a resolution proclaiming May to be Older Americans Month.

The Commission, during an April 23 meeting, recognized the work of the Brevard County Commission on Aging and Aging Matters in Brevard. Seniors play a key role in the vitality of the community.

Dr. John Potomski, a geriatric medicine specialist in Melbourne, spoke before the Commission and highlighted the work of volunteers.

“The work that Aging Matters and Meals on Wheels does is truly invaluable in meeting some of the basic needs of humanity, food and shelter – clothing and food being number one,” Potomski said.

Two of those volunteers with Meals on Wheels — Mary Boehm, 83, and Novella Elderkin, 88 — were introduced before the Commission. They later shared a little about their experiences of working together to deliver nutritious and well balanced meals.

“It’s a good thing that we are able to do this,” Boehm said.

Boehm and Elderkin work a delivery route twice a week taking hot meals to older residents.

“It takes about an hour from the time we pick it up to the time we deliver,” Elderkin said.

It is what Older American Month is about —  communities that encourage the contributions of seniors.

To be a Meals on Wheels driver, call 321-639-8770. Drivers are needed in Palm Bay and Titusville.

View the Photo's of this event here.